The Carter family purchased Springvale Garden Centre, which was known as Kings Plant Market in October 1991. The land area and business in Devon Road has been in horticultural use for many years. The activity on the land began with market gardening and strawberry growing serving the local market. In the post second world war period the site was developed into a wholesale plant growing nursery, supplying retail outlets throughout New Zealand. Specialty growing of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Conifers and Boronias became the main crops and new varieties were bred and developed by the King family. Mr S. King took over the business from his father in 1969 and continued this work. In 1987 the decision was made to discontinue supplying plants as a wholesaler and become a grower-retailer. The land area was reduced to a suitable size for this activity. Portions of the land were progressively sold for the residential development of Hampden Place and three town houses at 24 Devon Road. This development was also completed in 1987.
The Carter family continued to progress the garden centre and grower-retailer concept. In 2000 the Carters purchased the adjoining paddock at 18 Devon Road. This allowed expansion of nursery production to supply a growing garden center cliental.
During 2008 we identified a number of opportunities for garden center retailing in the Wanganui market so began planning a modern garden retailing facility. On April 3 2010 we shifted into our current retail store, the new store boasts, Massive range of top quality plants, Our top-notch expertise and advice, Excellent value for money! , Springvale Garden Café; open 7 days, we will provide excellent coffee as well as an extensive menu for breakfast, brunch & lunch. Heaps of easy to access carparks. Childrens playground, a safe fenced environment for your kids to play while you can shop and enjoy the garden center. A much larger retail shop with an extensive range of garden products including; organic garden treatments, irrigation, tools, compost bins, fertilisers, sprays and more. Substantial area of undercover area to shop in comfort in any weather. Excellent displays to offer inspiration for your garden. Springvale Garden Gift Shop; Dedicated to offering a wide range of gifts to suit every occasion including; birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Christmas as well as plenty of tempting items to indulge ourselves!